Sir Philip Sidney: An apology for poetry.--Thomas Campion: From Observations in the art of English poesy.--Samuel Daniel: A defense of rhyme.--Francis Bacon: The nature of poetry.--Ben Jonson: Extracts from Timber. To the memory of William Shakespeare.--John Milton: Preface to Samson Agonistes.--John Dryden: An essay on dramatic poesy. Preface to the Fables.--John Dennis: From The advancement and reformation of modern poetry.--Alexander Pope: An essay on criticism.--Joseph Addison: Chevy Chase. Criticisms on Paradise lost. The fairy way of writing.--Thomas Gray: Poetic diction. Dodsley's Miscellany.--Edward Young: Conjectures on original compostion.--Richard Hurd: Heroic and Gothic manners. Spenser and Milton. The faerie queene.--Samuel Johnson: Dryden as critic and poet. Gray.--Thomas Warton: Preface to Milton's minor poems
January 30, 2010 Subject:
Arguments of Poetry
The book is a good representation of arguments on poetry during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; arguments on rhyme and meter, the imitation of nature vs. the use of imagination, ancients vs. moderns. There are some of the landmark works, but also some not as well known that will give you excerpts of books that are now available in e-texts. Of noted interest is Edward Young's "Conjectures on Original Composition" for its break from classicism, turning from scholarship to original writing, leading into the English Romantic movement. Most of the essays are on writing, though the last few are more criticism of certain works.